iREL 4.0

Duration: May 2020 – April 2023; Coordinator: Klaus Pressel (Infineon Technologies AG, Germany); ARCES Principal Investigator: Prof. Claudio Fiegna & Dr. Andrea Natale Tallarico

The project iRel4.0 influences various aspects of the multi-annual strategic plan (MASP): transport and smart mobility, digital industry, education and healthcare systems, communication, energy sector, production as well as sales and marketing. iRel4.0 will focus on enhancing processes, products and systems along the electronic component and system value chain. It will follow a vertical supply chain oriented approach to execute research and innovation across the entire value chain.

iRel4.0 is addressing several main challenges in the field of reliability on component, board and system level focusing on:

·       Reliability requirements and reliability community building;

·       Analytics, theory, cognition & prediction;

·       Advanced functional materials and interfaces;

·       Production & development excellence;

·       Digitized and holistic testing assessment;

·       Run use cases and industrial pilots;

·       Reliability validation & impact assessment.

iRel40 is all about reliability of electronic hardware. It focuses on the value chain chip-package-board/system, through modeling and simulation, through deepened understanding using physics of failure (PoF) approaches, with new materials, designs for reliability, real time feedbacks in production lines, improved tests, predictive algorithms and the use of all available data to learn faster with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). iRel40 will strengthen the European position in all of these domains and foster the role of European semiconductor solutions across industries. Hence, the explicit focus of iRel4.0 on spills prevention is clearly visible in its defined primary objectives. "Improve the Reliability by reducing the failure rate" and by this iRel4.0 will be a nucleus for a new European reliability expert community, enabling the differentiation in the electronic components and systems (ECS) industry.

ARCES participates to the project as third part od IU.NET consortium.